Psychiatric Medication Use Among Manhattan Residents Following the World Trade Center Disaster
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To assess medication use in New York after the September 11th attacks, a telephone survey was conducted in October 2001 (N = 1,008). The prevalence of psychiatric medication use 30 days before the disaster was 8.9 and 11.6% 30 days after, a small but significant increase. The most important factor predicting postdisaster use was predisaster use—92% of those who used medications postdisaster used them predisaster. In addition, 3.3% used psychiatric medications 30 days postdisaster, but not 30 days before. Those who had panic attacks, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and insurance coverage, were the most likely medicated (26.5%). However, among those who used postdisaster medications (n = 129), new users tended to be those with panic attacks (44.1%) and those with panic attacks and PTSD (69.2%).
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Journal of Traumatic Stress
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- 1. Division of Health and Science Policy, New York Academy of Medicine, New York, New York
- 2. Department of Veterans Affairs, New Jersey Health Care System, Research Service, East Orange, New Jersey
- 3. New York Academy of Medicine, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, New York, New York
- 4. Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York
- 5. National Crime Victims' Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
- 6. Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland